Associated Banc: Bank Expands Equipment Finance Team in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota




GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – July 7, 2022 – Associated Bank is expanding its equipment finance vertical with new hires in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

Associated Bank announced in October 2021 the hiring of Scott Dienes as senior vice president and head of financing and equipment leasing, to create a new vertical business for the bank. Dienes is responsible for driving strategy and, with this team, works with internal and external partners to align with the bank’s growth objectives by originating and structuring equipment loans and leases that deliver significant value to existing and new customers.

Associated Bank Equipment Finance offers a full-service financing platform to help commercial customers finance capital expenditures in many industries, including but not limited to transportation, construction, manufacturing and technology. Solutions include 100% maturity financing and amortization to meet useful life guarantees and flexible payment schedules. Financing services include custom loans, finance leases, TRACs and tax leases.

With over 100 years of industry experience, Associated Bank welcomes Michael Gaona, Rich Pondel, Alex Steinhaus, Jennifer VanHulle, Alex Williams and Thomas Wolf to the equipment finance team.

WISCONSIN

MILWAUKEE – Michael Gaona joined Associated Bank as Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Corporate Banking. He is responsible for credit underwriting and financial analysis of potential and existing customers while supporting the growth and development of the equipment financing and leasing portfolio.

Gaona brings nearly 10 years of equipment financing experience to Associated Bank. Previously, he was at CNH Industrial Capital where he held the position of senior credit analyst responsible for strategic account credit underwriting. Previously, he held similar analyst roles at US Bank and GE Capital Healthcare Finance.

Gaona holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from UW-Whitewater. In the community, he volunteers with the Kiwanis and the Community Recreational Soccer League.

It is located at 815 N. Water St.

LAKE GENEVA – Rich Pondel joined Associated Bank as senior vice president and portfolio manager, corporate banking. He is responsible for credit underwriting and financial analysis of potential and existing customers while supporting the growth and development of the equipment financing and leasing portfolio.

Pondel brings nearly 40 years of equipment financing experience to Associated Bank. Previously, he worked at Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Citizens Bank where he served as Senior Credit Underwriter and Chief Credit Officer and was responsible for credit underwriting and portfolio management of corporate finance accounts. strategic equipment.

Pondel holds a master’s degree from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University. In the community, he previously volunteered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Rebuild Foundation – DuPage County, IL.

It is based in Lake Geneva.

OCONTO-Jennifer VanHulle was promoted to Senior Sales and Support Specialist, Business Banking. She is responsible for supporting the equipment finance division with loans and leases.

VanHulle has over 16 years of banking experience. Most recently, at Associated Bank, she held the position of Senior Operations Technician in Commercial Lending Services, where she handled equity servicing and prior back office operations for the legacy leasing division.

She is based in Oconto.

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO – Alex Williams joined Associated Bank as Senior Vice President and Head of Equipment Finance Syndications, Corporate Banking. He is responsible for all capital markets initiatives related to equipment financing nationwide and helps the team achieve its growth trajectory goals.

Williams brings nearly 20 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Previously, he served as Executive Director and Head of Leasing Syndication in JP Morgan’s equipment finance business. Previously, he worked for BB&T’s equipment finance group within their buy-side capital markets group. He has also worked with GE Capital in various lending/leasing and third party origination roles.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University.

It is located at 525 W. Monroe.

CHICAGO – Thomas Wolf joined Associated Bank as senior vice president and head of financing and equipment leasing relationships. He is responsible for business development and banking partnership coverage for Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.

Wolf brings over 20 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Previously, he worked for Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, supporting their middle market for the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. Previously, he was an investment banker at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Wolf holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. In the community, he is treasurer of the Deerfield High School hockey club.

It is located at 525 W. Monroe.

MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS – Alex Steinhaus joined Associated Bank as senior vice president and director of finance and equipment leasing relationships, corporate banking. He is responsible for business development and banking partnership coverage for Minnesota, in addition to parts of Michigan, Missouri and Iowa.

Steinhaus brings over 10 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Previously, he was at Amur Financial. Previously, he worked for the commercial vehicle group at Wells Fargo Equipment Finance.

Steinhaus holds a Bachelor of Science in Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University. In the community, he is an active member of trucking associations in Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri and volunteers at local food banks and animal shelters in the Twin Cities.

It is located at 45 South 7e St.

For more information, visit Equipment Financing | Associated bank.

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ABOUT THE ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP

Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) has total assets of $35 billion and is Wisconsin’s largest bank holding company. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Associated is a leading banking franchise in the Midwest, offering a full range of financial products and services from more than 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities across Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and loan origination offices in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Texas. Associated Bank, NA is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender, and Member of the FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

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